Current Earth Sciences Library News, No. 533, Where’s the South West song? edition

Bank holiday hours:

The library will be open on Monday 25th May from 10:00 to 16:45

Alumni Day news

I think we can all agree that the day was a tremendous success and I for one thoroughly enjoyed it. I was greatly encouraged by the number of people who came to see the library’s treasures. My thanks to Douglas Palmer for the Women Pioneers in Geology posters, Andrew for the logistics help, and Stephen Pates for supplying the lovely images of the Smith 1815 map. You can now copies of the images and the photographs taken by Richard Stockey on Flickr including the Smith map in sections, or if you’d rather have a pdf copy of “Smith’s strata identified by organized fossils” click here and here for the “Table of organized fossils”.

Here’s the video of pictures

New laptops in the Library news

There’s 8 new laptops in the library replacing some of our more aged desktop machines. A lovely thing is that they make it possible to have dual screens. They are still dual boot but now Windows boots first. There’s also an additional 6 laptops available to borrow for trips, or class room work – contact the library if you need to borrow them.

Department in the news

Nepal Earthquake news (this is slightly dated but relevant still)

As I’m sure you’re all aware a disastrous 7.9 earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday 25th April with many aftershocks, the most serious of which was at 7.3 on 12 May. James Jackson, was quoted in several news sources, including the Telegraph & the Independent 

There’s more & I would say better quality information from the excellent Earthquake Without Frontiers blog –

The Core

If you missed Simon Redfern’s appearance on In Our Time hosted by Melvin Bragg, to discuss the earth’s core, along with (ex-department member) Arwen Deuss of Utrecht University & Oxford’s Stephen Blundell, you can still catch it on the iPlayer,  or download & keep it for posterity from here (

Sedgwick Club Photographs

A message from the committee

The proofs are back and available for consultation & viewing in the library, on the table in the middle of the computer area. Fill in the forms as quick as possible with a hoped for collection date of the Sedgwick Club May Ball day, Thursday 18th June. By the way have you bought your ticket yet?

Open Access News

The University’s Open Access Board has decided that they will no longer fund page or colour charges from the RCUK provided OA fund. This decision wasn’t announced anywhere, much to the inconvenience of several of our authors. The minutes from the most recent meeting of the Project Board for OA have just become available and this the explanation for this sudden decision:

“In view of concerns about future exhaustion of the RCUK annual block grant, new measures should be introduced. First, page and colour charges should no longer be paid from the Fund (in alignment with Wellcome Trust policy). Second, a contingency plan should come into force when expenditure reached 50% of the RCUK block grant. However, the possible parameters of such a contingency plan were complex, particularly in relation to non-science disciplines, and a more detailed proposal was needed.”

This is a serious issue, people are making decisions about where to publish based on open access charges but also page charge fees.

One can argue that we shouldn’t be encouraging publishers like Elsevier & Springer to continue their seemingly unfettered use** of university resources, so an author may chose to publish with someone that has a kinder, gentler attitude to Open Access such as AGU***  (e.g. they not only allow but insist that their pdfs should be used in OA repositories after the embargo period). That choice being made you made then find yourself with colour page charges in the thousands of dollars. From what I’ve been told, page charges & publication fees are not something can be included in grant applications anymore, so that it actually makes more sense to plump for the journal which  is seemingly the better deal & the easier to get from

It is commendable for the Project Board to be concerned about the future when for when RCUK no longer provides funding for Article Processing Charges (APC) but there’s been no mention of this ceasing, certainly within the next 5 years

Further consideration to the matter has to be the very tight deadline set by HEFCE, stating that for post 2016 REF purposes any paper put forward MUST be open access and MUST have been deposited no later than 3 months after acceptance. And now Elsevier have just updated their sharing and hosting policies entitled, apparently without irony, “Unleashing the power of academic sharing“. The main point being that we can no longer host post refereed but pre published papers on a publicly accessible repository. This new policy has been received with dismay and much criticism in the OA community.

*However, unlike the Welcome Trust the board isn’t going to fund EVERY publication, which is what the Trust does- see the Trust’s position statement
**Here’s how publishers make their profits from this university

  1. We pay them a yearly subscriptions for access to journals
  2. We give them, free of charge, our papers to publish – so much so we even give them the copyright (unless we pay OA charges)
  3. We give them staff time in terms of reviewing the papers’ of other academics
  4. We then pay them something around £1,800 for each paper we want to make gold open access

*** I know are published by Wiley but they have different rules to Wiley’s ‘own’ publications

There’s also a big push for data management & deposit, for a general overview about data management click here and to get more information about research data policies from the various funders & research councils, click here

Good news for EU funded project

Researchers can benefit from €4m fund to cover the costs of Open Access publishing for post-grants publications

The OpenAIRE2020 project has launched its Gold Open Access (OA) Pilot to stimulate publishing in OA journals in Europe by providing funding to cover all or part of the costs of post grant OA publications arising from projects funded under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7). More here

ORCID – have you registered yet?

What is it?

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher – find out more from here

How do I register?

Registration takes 30 seconds from here

What now?

If you have already registered can you forward the details to me and/or Jun  please as we’re looking at integrating ORCID numbers into the personel database, and I would like to start attaching ORCIDs to publications. We’re looking at a plugin for ePrints which would allow us to enter this and more metadata into the publications database

Almost lastly – images

It’s been decided to build up our own photograph and graphic repository. This seems to make sense when you think about amount material we produce, and it may also be useful to have a resource we can go to and quickly find the image (or diagram or graph, perhaps) we’re looking for. There’s a small number already in the database, just got to eprints and look under Division section for images ( So I’m calling out to any of you who would like to donate your images to our repository. The criteria are that they must be yours, i.e. you must own them, and that you are willing to share them publicly.


This looks fun – T-Rex autopsy


Aktas, Oktay and Salje, Ekhard K. H. (2014) Functional twin boundaries and tweed microstructures: a comparison between minerals and device materials. Mineralogical Magazine, 78 (7). pp. 1725-1741. ISSN 0026-461X, Online ISSN: 1471-8022 DOI 10.1180/minmag.2014.078.7.15

Bickle, Mike J. and Tipper, Ed and Galy, Albert and Chapman, Hazel J. and Harris, Nigel (2015) On discrimination between carbonate and silicate inputs to Himalayan rivers. American Journal of Science, 315 (2). pp. 120-166. ISSN 0002-9599 EISSN: 1945-452X DOI 10.2475/02.2015.02

Cassidy, Michael and Edmonds, Marie and Watt, Sebastian F. L. and Palmer, Martin R. and Gernon, Thomas M. (2015) Origin of Basalts by Hybridization in Andesite-dominated Arcs. Journal of Petrology, 56 (2). pp. 325-346. ISSN Print ISSN 0022-3530 – Online ISSN 1460-2415 DOI 10.1093/petrology/egv002

Christopher, T. and Edmonds, M. and Taisne, B. and Odbert, H. and Costa, A. and Hards, V. and Wadge, G. (2014) Periodic sulphur dioxide degassing from the Soufrière Hills Volcano related to deep magma supply. In: The Role of Volatiles in the Genesis, Evolution and Eruption of Arc Magmas. Geological Society special publication, 410 (410). The Geological Society, London, SP410.11. ISBN 9781862396890

Clarkson, M. O. and Kasemann, S. A. and Wood, R. A. and Lenton, T. M. and Daines, S. J. and Richoz, S. and Ohnemueller, F. and Meixner, A. and Poulton, S. W. and Tipper, E. T. (2015) Ocean acidification and the Permo-Triassic mass extinction. Science, 348 (6231). pp. 229-232. ISSN 0036-8075 (print), 1095-9203 (online) DOI 10.1126/science.aaa0193

Daniels, K. A. and Menand, T. (2015) An experimental investigation of dyke injection under regional extensional stress. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. n/a-n/a. ISSN 21699313 DOI 10.1002/2014JB011627

Douglas, Peter M. J. and Pagani, Mark and Canuto, Marcello A. and Brenner, Mark and Hodell, David A. and Eglinton, Timothy I. and Curtis, Jason H. (2015) Drought, agricultural adaptation, and sociopolitical collapse in the Maya Lowlands. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112 (18). pp. 5607-5612. ISSN 0027-8424 Online ISSN 1091-6490 DOI 10.1073/pnas.1419133112

Gibson, S. A. and Geist, D. and Richards, M.A. (2015) Mantle plume capture anchoring and outflow during Galápagos plume-ridge interaction. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. n/a-n/a. ISSN 15252027 DOI 10.1002/2015GC005723 (In Press)

Green, Robert G. and Greenfield, Tim and White, Robert S. (2015) Triggered earthquakes suppressed by an evolving stress shadow from a propagating dyke. Nature Geoscience. ISSN 1752-0894 EISSN:1752-0908 (Submitted)

Heron, D. P. Le and Meinhold, Guido (CASP) and Elgadry, M. and Abutarruma, Y. and Boote, D. (2015) Early Palaeozoic evolution of Libya: perspectives from Jabal Eghei with implications for hydrocarbon exploration in Al Kufrah Basin. Basin Research, 27 (1). pp. 60-83. ISSN 1365-2117 DOI 10.1111/bre.12057

Hoogakker, Babette A. A. and McCave, I. Nick and Elderfield, Henry and Hillaire-Marcel, Claude and Simstich, Johannes (2015) Holocene climate variability in the Labrador Sea. Journal of the Geological Society, 172 (2). pp. 272-277. ISSN 0016-7649 DOI 10.1144/jgs2013-097

Lindquist, A. K. and Feinberg, J. M. and Harrison, R. J. and Loudon, J. C. and Newell, A. J. (2015) Domain wall pinning and dislocations: Investigating magnetite deformed under conditions analogous to nature using transmission electron microscopy. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 120 (3). 2014JB011335. ISSN 2156-2202 DOI 10.1002/2014JB011335

Kelly, Simon R.A. and Gregory, F. J. and Braham, W. and Strogen, D. P. and Whittham, A. (2015) Towards an integrated Jurassic biostratigraphy for eastern Greenland. Volumina Jurassica, 13. pp. 43-64. ISSN 1731-3708 DOI 10.5604/17313708 .1148657

Ortega-Hernández, Javier (2015) Homology of Head Sclerites in Burgess Shale Euarthropods. Current Biology. ISSN 0960-9822 DOI 10.1016/j.cub.2015.04.034

Richards, Mark A. and Alvarez, Walter and Self, Stephen and Karlstrom, Leif and Renne, Paul R. and Manga, Michael and Sprain, Courtney J. and Smit, Jan and Vanderkluysen, L. and Gibson, Sally A. (2015) Triggering of the largest Deccan eruptions by the Chicxulub impact. Geological Society of America Bulletin. B31167.1. ISSN 0016-7606, 1943-2674 DOI 10.1130/B31167.1

Schneider, Simon (CASP) (2015) The northernmost Jurassic rudists: A revision of the Diceratidae and Epidiceratidae (Bivalvia: Hippuritida) from the Korallenoolith Formation of northern Germany. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie – Abhandlungen, 276 (1). pp. 91-100. ISSN 2363-717X DOI 10.1127/njgpa/2015/0480

Shorttle, Oliver (2015) Geochemical variability in MORB controlled by concurrent mixing and crystallisation. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 424. pp. 1-14. ISSN 0012-821X DOI 10.1016/j.epsl.2015.04.035

Smith, Martin R. and Harvey, Thomas H. P. and Butterfield, Nicholas J. (2015) The macro- and microfossil record of the Cambrian priapulid Ottoia. Palaeontology. ISSN ISSN: 0031-0239, ESSN: 1475-4983

White, R. S. and Greenberg, J. (2015) Religious faith as a motivation in using geosciences to develop a sustainable future. Geological Society of America Bulletin. (In Press)

Wilson, David J. and Piotrowski, Alexander M. and Galy, Albert and Banakar, Virupaxa K. (2015) Interhemispheric controls on deep ocean circulation and carbon chemistry during the last two glacial cycles. Paleoceanography. 2014PA002707. ISSN 1944-9186 DOI 10.1002/2014PA002707

Zellmer, Georg F. and Edmonds, Marie and Straub, Susanne M. (2015) Volatiles in subduction zone magmatism. In: The Role of Volatiles in the Genesis, Evolution and Eruption of Arc Magmas. Geological Society special publication, 410 (410). The Geological Society, London, pp. 1-17. ISBN 9781862396890


Edmonds, M. and Brett, A. and Herd, R. A. and Humphreys, M. C. S. and Woods, A. (2014) Magnetite-bubble aggregates at mixing interfaces in andesite magma bodies. In: The Role of Volatiles in the Genesis, Evolution and Eruption of Arc Magmas. Special publication, 410 (410). The Geological Society, London, pp. 95-121. ISBN 9781862396890


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